Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has explained that he’s not a fan of when Timo Werner is used as a left-winger, stating he prefers him to play in a more central position.

Werner is a highly-rated talent that joined in the transfer window from German club RB Leipzig, who he scored 34 goals for in all competitions last season.

The Germany international has three goals in his opening six Blues appearances at the start of the new campaign, but it looks like manager Frank Lampard is still trying to work out his preferred role.

He is a versatile attacker that has been used in both a wide role and a central one so far, but his two goals at the weekend in the draw against Southampton came as a result of him playing down the middle.

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Hasselbaink is a big fan of Werner and has given his verdict on where he should play:


“He is not somebody who likes to play with his back to goal. He likes to see the goal and make his run always on the shoulder of the centre-halves,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (7:25pm, 19 October).

“He just knows where the back of the net is. I like him when he plays through the middle but not when he plays on the left. He does drift and then come back but yeah, a top striker.”

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With Christian Pulisic missing the early part of the season, Lampard has at times looked towards summer signing Werner to fill the role and it’s an area of the pitch that he quite often likes to drift into.

But many Chelsea supporters were under the impression the speed machine was signed to slot into the XI as a central striker and he proved at the weekend what a goal threat he can be from that position, as his pace in behind centre-backs is extremely difficult to deal with.

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